So tell me your stories? Yes?
I am a fan now. I have been taking the pills for about 5 days but I feel great, have a good amount of energy and have had very little emotional swings. My biggest reason for encapsulating the placenta was for the breast milk production and so far it seems like I have a ton of milk. My pp bleeding has also decreased compared to my other births. And I only had about two days where after pains were an issue.
I had mine done. Because I kept forgetting the pills, I didn't start taking them until 1 week pp, and once I did, I noticed a pretty big difference. Being someone who has struggled with depression at other times in life, I was worried about the things I was feeling in that first week. I was very stressed due to the circumstances at the time (baby was jaundiced and bad ped was making it sound like she was in way more danger than she was, we were being tugged between two towns/my dad's house and home because of where the ped was, and I knew that my husband would be leaving the country again in less than two weeks). I was really worried that I was spiraling down into PPD quickly. I felt much more stable emotionally once I started taking them. I would definitely recommend doing- I will for any more births I have!
YES!! I was not totally convinced, but I also began taking them about a week PP and noticed a great increase in energy and mood. Unfortunately I got a sinus infection so had to stop taking them while on antibiotics, but I am excited to get back to them since DH leaving has really put a damper on my spirits in addition to a history of PPD. I'll let you know what I think we I start back on them.
oooh, i wanted to know this stuff too. question for those of you who have done this, did you have a local person who is trained encapsulate for you? there is no one in my area (listed on the site), and I was interested in how to go about doing it if there isn't someone.
Yes! I started taking mine about 3 or 4 days pp and definitely felt different. I have a history of anxiety/depression and was very worried about PPD and just not being functional after the baby was born. I definitely started feeling much more like myself and stable after I started taking them. Definitely recommend it!
Lauren, I have actually already been in contact with the girl here. She does it here at my home in two session ( which I am really not looking forward to explaining to my mother if she is here).
I think we are going to do it. I have energy and anxiety and insomnia issues so I hope it will help regulate some of those things.
My doula did it for me, and she is trained to do so. B/c I ended up in the hospital we did have to insist several times that we wanted the placenta to be preserved (frozen) and that I wanted to take it home. I also had to sign some big, long release.
I'm pretty sure if you could find someone to do it, that you could have it shipped. I know it would have to remain frozen and I'm sure it would be an additional cost, but if you can find someone in your general region, try asking if they have any ideas for what you could do.
I found someone through my doula- it was a local HBMW who did it. She came to the hospital to pick it up, and then dropped off the pills two days later at my home. My hospital was really great about it too- just put it in a plastic bag for me right away, and then into the cooler we had brought- I think they even gave us ice chips!
after I thought no one around here did it, I googled pittsburgh and placenta encapsulation, and there is a local doula/hypnobabies instructor who recently started doing it Now if we decide to do it, I have the option.
So wow baby did I notice a difference today when I started taking my capsules again!! I just finished my antibiotics yesterday, so I started them this morning at the 1-4 day pp dose and my mood is dramatically improved, as well as my energy level. I feel like I have had a caffeine high all day (minus the bad side effects of too much caffeine). I was pretty much at my wits end yesterday and ready to pull my hair out, so this is a very welcome feeling!! Just thought I would share
woohoo...that is encouraging to hear that they do what they are supposed to do!
I didn't do encapsulation, but I did make a placenta smoothie... I used the drink mixer to blend half the placenta, some strawberries, a banana and some ice... Couldn't tasye the placenta, really.
Others have suggested cubing the placenta and freezing it in an ice cube tray and using a couple of cubes a day...
Lauren, I was going to suggest google too. At first it was hard to find someone to travel out to us but the first few ladies I contacted spread the word and gave me some extra numbers of others they knew. Finally just pinned someone down that will travel out to us for an extra fee.
I love hearing that the pills have done good things for everyone. Didn't do this with DS but am looking foward to this time.
I haven't brought it up to DH yet...and I fear he may think I have gone off my rocker But if he wants me to be a happy postpartum mommy...
I have mentioned this to DH as a possibility for next time and he thinks it is SO weird, but he is mostly okay with it as long as he is not the one eating it.
My CBI study budy in Tri Cities is getting certified as a placenta encapsulation specialist, so, provided we still live here, I can hire her. I find the encapsulation idea more palpable than eating it raw...if it's in a pill it just seems less human-organ-y lol. If it was in a smoothie I could probably handle it, but I don't know if I could actually take the frozen pieces of it and put them in a smoothie...
I find the encapsulation idea more palpable than eating it raw...if it's in a pill it just seems less human-organ-y lol. If it was in a smoothie I could probably handle it, but I don't know if I could actually take the frozen pieces of it and put them in a smoothie...
I know what you mean exactly. I've eaten many weird things and am generally more willing than most to try most anything. It was still tough. It's raw and it's an organ... I even went through the logic (i.e. it's mine so I can't get any disease from it, eating it raw would prevent any enzymes an hormones from being denatured..) DH cheered me on (as long as he didn't have to eat it). I used 1/2 one day, and was planning to do it again the next but wimped out...
The smoothie definitely made it easier. I just thought of it as a fruity beer and chugged it.
I definitely think it helped. As much as I haven't had PPD, I did feel much better emotionally, and much better able to deal with things.
Eating it raw was also cheapest!
More power to y'all that can eat it, stick it in a blender.
I think the only way I can do it will be in capsules!!!
I thought the same thing of my DH so I proposed making it into a pie for the whole family or the pills when I first brought it up. LOL...of course he thought the pills were a great idea when presented that way!
I wish I could do the smoothie and same $ but then I fear I won't be able to get it down and all will be lost. Sarah, that is awesome he was there cheering you on!
I'm a placenta encapsulation specialsed (trained through PBi) and I love being able to help other mama's with this. Hearing all of the stories on how it's helped each one, in various areas, is really neat. I also did my own placenta (this was before I went through PBi) but I also saved some & had a placenta smoothie for the first 3 days pp. You honestly can't taste the placenta at all & really the only reason you know it's there is b/c you put it in or told someone to put it in. I think taking it in it's raw form gives the most benefit, 2nd being the capsules which is why I did both.
I loved reading through everyones replies & hearing how it's helped each of you Very cool :thumbsup: